NWO offers 29 young researchers foreign experience with Rubicon

3 April 2012

Twenty-nine starting researchers will carry out research abroad thanks to the Rubicon programme of the Netherlands Organisation for Scientific research (NWO). With Rubicon, NWO gives researchers who have recently gained their PhD the opportunity to gain research experience at international top institutes.

Fifteen researchers who gained their doctorate in the Netherlands are going abroad and 14 researchers from abroad are coming to the Netherlands. This round was the last one in which foreign researchers could submit an application to come to the Netherlands. Four researchers are going to the United States, four to the United Kingdom, five to Germany, one to Switzerland and one to Australia. The vast majority are going for 24 months (24 researchers). For many researchers foreign research experience is an important part of their curriculum vitae.


The young scientists will do research into subjects such as gambling addictions, marine lakes testing island theories, the venom organ of snakes and anyons for quantum calculation. The alphabetical list of researchers awarded funding contains a brief description of each research project.


With their Rubicon grant the laureates can do research for a period of up to 24 months. The size of the grant depends upon the destination chosen and the duration of the stay. NWO received a total of 240 applications for Rubicon and 12% of these could be awarded funding. The award rates for men and women were more or less the same. The grant derives its name from the river Rubicon. Julius Caesar crossed this river before embarking upon his series of victories that led to the statement 'veni, vidi, vici'. Rubicon is a good springboard for a Veni grant from the Innovational Research Incentives Scheme of NWO.

Rubicon in 2012

For the funding rounds in 2010 and 2011, NWO received co-funding from the 'Marie Curie Cofund Action' programme of the European Commission. This European funding was a one-off award. As a result of funding cutbacks, NWO has decided to continue the Rubicon programme in a limited form in 2012. Consequently with effect from 1 January 2012, the Rubicon programme will only be open to applicants who have been employed at a Dutch university for at least 3 of the past 5 years.

About NWO

The Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO) is the national research council in the Netherlands and has a budget of more than 500 million euros per year. NWO promotes quality and innovation in science by selecting and funding the best research. It manages research institutes of national and international importance, contributes to strategic programming of scientific research and brings science and society closer together. Research proposals are reviewed and selected by researchers of international repute. More than 5000 scientists can carry out research thanks to funding from NWO. 


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Source: NWO